WESLEY COLLEGE PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
SPRING SPEAKER **CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19**
Tuesday April 28th - GB Shaw Auditorium
RECENT NEWS AND EVENTS
NPCPP COVID 19 AND HOMESCHOOLING SURVEY FINDINGS
The NPCPP launched a survey on 2nd April to ascertain the views, opinions and experiences of parents / guardians of students in post-primary education during the Coronavirus public health crisis. The following report contains the findings of this survey:
HOW TO STUDY FROM HOME - ADVICE FOR STUDENTSBelow is a link to an article from the Irish Second Level Students' Union President, Ciara Fanning.(https://www.npcpp.ie/study-from-home-advice-from-the-irish-second-level-students-union/ow available on the NPCPP website on the following link
NPCPP PANDEMIC SUPPORT
A letter from Patrick Empey President of National Association of COMPASS drawing attention of parents to three services offered by the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCPP) during the COVID-19 pandemic:
A busy quarter for the PTA
It’s been a busy few months for the PTA Committee who’ve been involved with and supported a number of key events with the school including:
- Student Enterprise competition
- Wesley Artist of the Year
- 3rd Year Coffee Morning in Airfield
- Model United Nations
- Preps/1st Year Coffee Morning in The Blackmore Pavilion
- The official launch of the new hockey pitches and Wesley International Hockey Patrons
Below is a selection of photos from some of the recent events.
READY STEADY COOK - 4th March
The bar was set very high again this year with delicious dishes served up for Ready Steady Cook 2020 - Well done to all the students and prize-winners.
To mark this launch the College was thrilled to invite back an International Past Pupils Hockey team to take on the Current Under Age Irish Hockey representatives from the school. They played in an exhibition game against a formidable past pupils team which has accumulated over 430 international caps! The main focus of the evening was the launch of the Wesley International Hockey Patrons which is a fund which plans to put in place financial support for future years for any hockey players who represent both their country and their school.
1st YEAR COFFEE MORNING - 29th February
The Blackmore Pavilion was packed out on a beautiful Saturday morning for the second Preps/1st Year parents coffee morning.
3rd YEAR COFFEE MORNING - 7th February
ROLE OF PTA COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The PDF below provides a brief summary overview of the PTA and the role of a PTA committee member within the PTA, for anyone considering joining the PTA over the coming year.
BULLYING AWARENESS WEEK TALK
To access a synopsis of the recent PTA talk on ‘What our children are not telling us’, click here:
Click the link below to complete the survey which is trying to assess parents' perceptions of the Senior Cycle structure:
Saturday 10th May 2019
A great night was had at the weekend at the Wesley College Parents BBQ, hosted by the PTA at Old Wesley Rugby Club. Over 150 people attended and devoured a delicious feast of summer food. It was a lovely relaxed social evening with a great buzz. This may well become an annual event!
READY STEADY COOK
Friday 9th March 2019
Overends Cafe, Airfield
A memorable afternoon was had in early March when 18 students showed off their baking skills. They had 1½ hours to create a dessert using a recipe from a female influence - friend, family member or celebrity chef. The theme was chosen to coincide with International Women's Day and there were all types of recipes, ranging from Mary Berry and all three Allens - Myrtle, Darina and Rachel - to recipes handed down from great grandmothers and female bloggers!
1st prize was awarded to Lisa-Marie Kasselman for her Marbled Meringue Roulade with Lemon Curd (pictured below)
2nd prize went to Emma Ruttle for a Trio of Allen Women Desserts
3rd prize was awarded to Zoe Mulligan for her Toblerone Cheesecake
Three highly commended prizes went to:
- Glory Daniel Ochonma - Sweet Surprise
- Katelyn Tennant - The Passionate Cake
- Anna Forbes - Apple and Cinnamon Bundt Cake
Y1 COFFEE MORNING TAKE 2
Friday 9th March 2019
Parents of first year students gathered for coffee in the Blackmore pavilion on a bright and breezy morning on the 9th March. It was another chance to get to know each other better while the students played hockey on the pitches in front of the pavilion.
Y3 COFFEE MORNING
Friday 8th February 2019
Overends Cafe, Airfield
We’ve repeated a successful formula started last year with over fifty Year 3 parents getting together for the first time in 2019 over coffee and home-made scones in Airfield.
Despite a wild wintery morning the sun started to shine as people arrived and it turned out to be a lovely and relaxing morning.
We think we’ve found a successful formula that we may well roll out to other classes in the future, so keep an eye out and watch this space!
NPCpp SURVEY ON RSE
Survey on Relationship and Sexuality
As part of the ongoing consultation on Relationships and Sexuality Education, (RSE), the Department of Education and Skills asked the National Parents Council, (NPCpp), to make a submission outlining Post Primary Parent views on the subject of RSE.
For this a survey was designed to get useful feedback from parents and guardians.
As long as the survey remains open, please take a few minutes to complete it, using the following link, to let NPCpp to let them know your thoughts and views:
DARE & HEAR SCHEMES INFORMATION MEETINGS
Saturday 19th January 2019
DIT Aungier Street
A series of information meetings on the DARE & HEAR schemes for third level students was recently held. If you missed these, information is found at www,accesscollege.ie.
Monday 19th November 2018
Wesley PTA AGM took place this week with guest speaker Peter McVerry giving a highly engaging talk about his experience dealing with the homeless in Ireland.
Congrats to newly elected committee members: Avril Montgomery, Clive Jones, Kerri Judge, Elaine Wilson and Kevin Daly. Retiring members were Karen Harris, Suzanne Hawe, and Nita Mishra,
The notice and agenda for the AGM was available for viewing and download at:
COMPASS Interactive Meeting
Saturday 17th November 2018
Midleton College, Midleton, Co. Cork
"Your parental wellbeing and its impact on your children"; Brendan Dennehy
Further information is available for viewing and download at:
NPCpp ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018
Parents - Your Voice in Education
Saturday 13th October 2018
Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley
This all-day conference included four speakers, including Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Childern and Richard Bruton, the Minister for Education and Skills, and four workshops.
Original details are available for download in the NPCpp Annual Conference 2018 flier.
TRANSITION YEAR PARENTS' COFFEE MORNING
Friday 5th October 2018
Parents of 4th years had a relaxed Friday morning in Airfield over coffee and scones, on the 5th October. It was a new initiative this year and proved a great success.
Given the TY shake up of classes and moving pupils around for TY the PTA felt it would be useful for parents to meet each other again, to renew old acquaintances and get to know some new faces too.
Some were enjoying it so much they looked like they wanted to stay on in Airfield for lunch! This is definitely an event that will be considered as aa regualr event by the PTA in the future.
BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION WEEK TALK
Monday 17th September 2018
All parents are invited to a talk by Stella O’Mally, a mental health professional. Stella will be giving a talk to parents on bullying. This is part of the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week being held in the school for students.
FIRST YEAR AND PREPS COFFEE MORNING
Saturday 15th September 2018
The 15th September saw a great turnout matched by a great buzz of parents of pupils coming in to 1st year or Prep class, for our annual coffee morning in the Blackmore Pavillion, overlooking the hockey pitches.
The annual event gives parents and guardians a chance to meet parents and guardians of students in the same class as thier own child in an informal setting over a cup of tea or coffee.
It was a great success on a beautiful morning and with a great atmosphere as parents set about getting to know eachother, most for the very first time!
FOR REPORTS ON EARLIER EVENTS SEE OUR
INTRODUCTIONThe Wesley College Parent Teacher Association aims to advance the education and welfare of pupils, promoting co-operation and communication between the management of the college, parents and staff. and assisting with social, educational and other activities for the Wesley community.
ACTIVITIESThe association runs, assists with or financially supports some regular activities which are an integral to college life, the principal ones being the following.
|First year parents' coffee morning||Pre-Debs Soiree|
|Poetry Aloud||PTA AGM|
|Student Enterprise Awards||Spring Guest Speaker|
|Model United Nations||Interschools Music Festival|
|Seachtain na Gaeilge||Green Week|
|Business Innovation Award||Ready Steady Cook|
|Wesley Artist of the Year||Book Week|
|Habitat for Humanity||School Leaver’s BBQ|
REPRESENTATIONThe PTA is represented, through appointed committee members, on the Board of Governors' Buildings & Grounds Committee and on COMPASS (Co-operation of Minority Religion and Protestant Parent Associations (Post Primary)).
Current Parent Teacher Association Committee 2018-2019
Contacting the Parent Teacher AssociationCommunication with the PTA committee is always welcome and is best sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be sent by post to The Honorary Secretary, Wesley College PTA, Ballinteer, Dublin 16.
Please note that communication regarding administrative and educational matters should be directly with the College office.